After the success of its 2019 and 2020 programs, Northern NSW Football has committed to encouraging more young and experienced players as well as volunteers to become Match Officials by offering the $140 ‘on-the-pitch’ pack.
The starter pack was introduced after NNSWF identified cost as a major barrier for potential referees and collaborated with its seven Member Zones to support the all-inclusive and heavily subsidised starter package for first-time referees.
NNSWF have seen a significant increase in referee numbers since 2018, with the starter packs considered a key contributing factor.
While there were only 140 first year referees in 2018, 320 signed up last season and a further 200 this year despite the difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
NNSWF CEO David Eland was delighted to continue the starter pack for 2021 and confident it would continue to encourage more of the football community to become a match official.
“With football being Australia’s number one participation sport, it is vital for us to have enough match officials on the park to officiate the ever-increasing fixtures,” Eland said.
“The referee starter pack is perfect for those who want to give back to football.
“There’s never been a better time to come on board as a match official. With this significant saving and the experience you can gain, you will benefit financially and increase your employability through the skills you learn.”
Each $140* Referee Starter Pack includes:
- Enrolment in Level 4 Referee Course
- Laws of the Game Book
- Referee Whistle
- Assistant Referee Flag
- Umbro Match Official Shirt (Black)
- Umbro Match Official Shorts (Black)
- Umbro Socks (Black)
- Set of Red and Yellow Cards
- Match Record Book
- NNSWF Match Official Registration Fee for the first season
- This may not include Member Zone Match Official Registration Fee for the first season
If you are aged 13 or above, find out how to become a referee and find a Level 4 course near you by visiting our Referee Headquarters.
If there is not a course in your area, please send an expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org and NNSWF will contact you when a course is scheduled. Please include your contact details including address.
(*) Note that Zones or referee branches may charge a membership fee or costs not included in this package.
CLICK HERE to submit an expression of interest to attend the Online Level 4 Referee Course